Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Broderick’

This week’s releases include: a teen action movie; a female Western; an X-rated comedy; a preview to Entourage’s charm; a holiday picture; a supernatural WWII anime; a family is forced to face their past; an ‘80s buddy picture; a daughter follows in her family’s footsteps; a quest for morality; and an adrenaline-fuelled anime. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a journey through a boy’s imagination; a terrifying situation; a family of secret agents; a muscular warrior adventure; a fact or fiction mystery; a cop’s dilemma; two features by a historic director; a twin performance; a family turned upside down; the end to a decade’s long journey; an ‘80s buddy picture; an immoral life path; a quest for morality; a reluctant father embraces his children; and a journey through the past to recover the present. (more…)

A scene from Tower HeistTower Heist is a return to form for two of the men involved: director Brett Ratner and actor Eddie Murphy. The title is self-explanatory, so there’s no mystery to the film – except that it’s actually enjoyable. (more…)


The disintegration of a marriage can be very ugly. Marie and Bruce chronicles one day in the end of their marital misery and while it is unpleasant, it may only appeal to an art house taste.

While the screen is still black, Marie (Julianne Moore) confesses “I find my husband so goddamn irritating that I’m planning to leave him.” This is one of the least profane descriptions of her feelings for Bruce (Matthew Broderick) in the entire film. She loathes Bruce even as he sleeps next to her. Upon awakening, Bruce’s every dull step and word set off Marie’s shrill sarcasm. However, it’s unclear whether his polite responses are actually acts of passive aggression.

The film is like an intense miniature of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Their venomous banter is amusing but could be equally irritating to someone else. Bruce has what would be a terribly boring lunch to anyone else with his long time friend Roger (Bob Balaban), who is just a fount of non-stop irrelevant anecdotes. Meanwhile, Marie takes a walk into unfamiliar neighbourhoods, eventually drifting into a dream of serene nature in an urban landscape.

Broderick’s character is similar to his Election personality but with a little more variation; his overly civil attitude is a far more demanding and impressive performance. Moore’s high-strung Marie is equally challenging as she continuously balances on a line between hysteria and indifference. Together, they carry this film to a quiet conclusion after a rollercoaster of restrained bickering and wounding confrontation that is fascinating to witness.

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Actors can only bring so much to a film but it is up to the director to bring all the elements together.

Cooper (Matthew Broderick) suffered a significant head injury at the hands of a co-worker (Louis C.K.), who now pesters him with attempts at making amends. Cooper’s career is slowly going down the drain, followed by his loved ones, as his injury leaves him with a sketchy memory and hinders his ability to concentrate. At the behest of his mother, Cooper returns home from Chicago to rural Illinois to try to convince his more forgetful Uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) to move to a retirement home. Upon returning, he also discovers his high school sweetheart Charlotte (Virginia Madsen) is newly single. When Rollie reveals he is the owner of a rare Frank Schulte baseball card and is interested in selling, the group heads back to Chicago for a card collector’s convention. There, the inept pair tries to ensure they gain a fair price for the card and avoid swindlers (Bobby Cannavale) willing to take advantage of their disabilities.

Each of the actors appears to have been left to their own devices during shooting. Even though they are incredibly capable, it is the director’s duty to ensure a fluid performance is gained from each contributor. Here, first-time feature director and long-time actor Terry Kinney drops the ball. The actors often appear stranded in scenes. On the other hand, Kinney does appear comfortable with the material and is able to move the action along smoothly.

The comedy-drama is a series of episodic events, tracking a string of setbacks in new locations. Unluckily, the sitcom style and gathering of eccentric characters points to an unfair comparison with the indie sensation Little Miss Sunshine. In addition, to its benefit or not, the movie fails to take a serious look at Alzheimer’s or head trauma, treating the topic rather lightheartedly.

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Addiction is a disease. The first step to gaining control is admitting there’s a problem. However, step zero usually involves crashing in or around rock bottom.

Taylor Peters (Matthew Broderick) writes for a television show the majority of people don’t watch. However, it affords him a salary large enough to accommodate his gambling. He kicked drinking and drugs a couple of years ago but doesn’t see why he should have to give up everything. After fouling up with his wife (Maura Tierney), Taylor tries to prove his worth by retrieving his wife’s hooker niece Amanda (Brittany Snow) from Las Vegas and dropping her off at rehab, all the while not indulging any of his vices. But best laid plans…

The script is can be coarse, more so than expected in a movie focusing on an uncle and niece. Amanda is very comfortable with her station and speaks frankly about it as do the assembly line of oddball characters that pass by. Broderick has portrayed the neurotic screw up several times so he’s got the performance down; while Snow plays the sweet bubbly girl naturally. Peter Facinelli is fantastic as the jerky undeserving boyfriend who must be charming sometimes but never when we see him. He becomes the centre of comedy in the few scenes he is in.

There is a cop-out DVD extra with the Q&A from the Tribeca Film Festival with Broderick, Snow and director/writer Peter Tolan. Nonetheless, it does reveal an interesting fact that the story is semi-autobiographical. The feature commentary with Tolan and Broderick plays like a conversation between the two, sharing tidbits and funny occurrences from shooting.